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Morning All,

Some super images in last nights competition and very well judged by David Eastley. Congratulations to all entrants but particularly to Michael Palmer, Brian Muir, George Atkins and Andy Dulson who all scored maximum 10s.

Hilary Featherstone would like to thank all who sent her images for the Hospice and Sage House. They are very well appreciated. The returns will be placed in a box at Tangmere ready for collection when we finally meet.

The club accounts have been circulated and should any member want to ask a question could they please do so by e-mail to the treasurer before the 11th November. On that evening we will hold a short SGM.

Today, which would have been his birthday, there is an informal celebration of the life of Richard Smith a member of our club who sadly passed away in 2020. It has been organised by his family and is at the Selsey football club between 13.00 and 16.00. The family have invited anyone who new Richard to drop in if they can so I hope there will be a good representation from the club.

Next week we have the pleasure of a talk by Matthew Cattel on outdoor photography. Matthew is an award-winning outdoor photographer with a passion for promoting the natural world through photography, from panoramic vistas down to the details and behaviour of the wildlife on our doorstep. This should be a great evening and I look forward to seeing you there.

Stay safe.


PAGB GROUP virtual meeting MONDAY 1ST November

The next meeting of the PAGB Group will be on Monday 1st November. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic this will be a virtual meeting once again. All club members are welcome. Please log on at 7.15 so that we may make a prompt start to the meeting at 7.30 sharp. Please join using the link below. 

If you would like to submit an image for critique please email the image to me, Ann McDonald, at 

Images should be sized a maximum of 1920 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high, SRGB colour space. Please send the images by 6.00pm Sunday.

Here is the link to the Zoom meeting

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Lightroom Workshop thursday 21st October

I am starting a workshop for Lightroom.  The aim is to try to help members to develop their skills and to hopefully sort out problems between us.  The idea is certainly not to give a series of talks on Lightroom but to provide practical help where it is needed. The workshops will run on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting at 9.30am for about an hour.

A recording of the workshop from Thursday 21st October is now on the website in Digital Imaging /recordings/21-22 where there are also some notes that I had written to go with the recording.

video of workshop

Notes on workshop

If you have any suggestions for next month or any images that you would like to ‘improve’ in Lightroom but haven’t really found out how please let me know. I don’t promise to know but its useful to discuss ideas with others!


What a fantastic talk by Polina last night. A master class in flower and still life photography with a huge range of brilliant images supported by a concise and very helpful commentary. It was inspiring, thought provoking and excellent in all areas. Certainly she will be welcomed back in the future.

I mentioned that we are moving ahead with the North Mundham planning process and sincerely hope that we will be able to hold it in January. However, a word of caution as the Covid figures are rising dramatically and we may see Governmental changes that could affect our planning.

I will be e-mailing two documents to advanced photographers, one will explain the format for the exhibition and the other will be the entry form that must be returned to me by the 28th November at the latest.

A reminder that the closing date for the second club/inter PDI competition is next Thursday so don’t delay.

Finally, next week we have the 2nd Advanced PDI comp to be judged by David Eastley so a night to look forward to.

Stay safe


Small Print Round 1

The first round of the Small Print Competition was held on Monday, ably critiqued and judged by John Howes.

3rd Place: Madeleine Craggs with “Reflecting on Restoration”

2nd Place: Louise Le-Good with “Nature in Action”

1st Place: Madeleine Craggs with “Spring Reflections”

Congratulations to the winners and we hope to have a few more entries for the next round on Monday 15th November. You too could be a winner.

Lightroom workshop thursday 21st October 9.15 am – 10.30 am

I am starting a workshop for Lightroom.  The aim is to try to help members to develop their skills and to hopefully sort out problems between us.  The idea is certainly not to give a series of talks on Lightroom but to provide practical help where it is needed. The workshops will run on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting at 9.30am for about an hour.

I have been asked to start with how I use Lightroom to catalogue my images and then use keywords and smart collections to find them.  This month we will start at 9.15 a.m.

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Digital group meeting Tuesday 26th October 7.30 pm -9.30 pm

Sheila Tester will be showing us how she uses Lightroom particularly to process her images. Although I have asked her to aim her talk particularly at less experienced members I have never come away from one of her talks without learning something new!In November it is hoped that Lynne and Lorna will give talks on how they produce their very individual images.Topic: Digital Imaging
Time: Oct 26, 2021 17:30 London

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Some fantastic images in last nights competition and brilliantly judged by Maria Leekblade. Congratulations to Jem Berry and Charles Allison in club class and Elke Epps, Richard Ryder, Amanda Patton, Vivien Ruddock and Nick Hepworth in the inter class for achieving maximum 10s. It seems my report comments after this competition were Must Do Better.

We also congratulate Nick Hepworth on achieving LRPS status and his panel can be seen on the website. Well done Nick.

Within this newsletter is a post advertising the Arena exhibition in the Oxmarket Gallery Chichester between the 9th and 21st November. An exhibition well worth attending to see images from top class photographers.

I’m delighted to announce that the following photographers have had PDI’s selected to represent the club in the Sussex Federation PDI Championship. We wish them the best of luck.

Andy Bracey ‘Clevedon Pier’ and ‘Dovercourt Lighthouse, Carlien Murray ‘Portrait of a Lady’, Carmel Lynch ‘Spring Grasses’, David Pritchard ‘Four Spotted Chaser’, Graham Ainge, ‘Common Blue’ and ‘Meadow Brown’, Jonathan Fiske ‘Window Shopping’, Linda Bullimore ‘Sandflower’, Paul Adams ‘Gazing Through Viaduct Arches’, Richard Ryder ‘Andra’ and Richard Webb ‘ Winter Wilderness’.

Next week we are in the company of Polina Plotnokova with her presentation ‘Starting from a Blank Canvas’ so I hope to see you all there.



Arena Photographers was founded in 1986 by well-known photojournalist Joan Wakelin. Its aims are to promote the highest standards of photography, to encourage printmaking, and to share and discuss new work. Within its current membership of 18 photographers can be found a broad spectrum of photographic styles and interests.  It is a commitment and passion towards personal projects that unites this group of prominent photographers from all over the south of England. 

Exhibiting has always been at the forefront of the activities of the group and the work of nine of its members is on display in this exhibition, these are Polina Plotnikova, ,Janey Devine, Roger Crocombe, Sue Brown, Barry Barker, John Gould, Steve Smith, Paul Foley and Paul Mitchell. 

For details about the Gallery, parking etc please visit their website at:

In addition, the group organises perhaps the finest weekend seminar of photography in the country.  Photographer’s travel from far afield to attend this event, held in March each year in Bournemouth, and the list of visiting speakers reads like a Who’s Who of British photography.  For more information please visit our website: